Context of work
The Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in June'92 marked an important milestone in awakening the world to the need for a development process that does not jeopardise future generations.
It marshalled political commitment to these arrangements at the highest level and placed the issue of sustainable development at the heart of the international agenda.
These are some of the Principies agreed at this conference
which directly inspired the birth of Green Adventure:
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| ||Eradicating poverty is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, in order to decrease the disparities in standards of living and better meet the needs of the majority of the people of the world.|
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| ||To achieve sustainable development and a higher quality of life for all people, States should reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption.|
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| ||Women have a vital role in environmental management and development.|
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|The creativity, ideals and courage of the youth of the world should be mobilised to forge a global partnership in order to achieve sustainable development and ensure a better future for all.|| |
|Indigenous people and their communities, and other local communities, have a vital role in environmental management and development because of their knowledge and traditional practices.|| |
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|Peace, development environmental protection interdependent and indivisible.|| |
World Food Summit Youth Conference, Rome November 1996 (below)
was attended by two of our founder members: Stefania Strega & Fiona Roberts
The Particulare Appeal of Community Regeneration
A new consensus has begun to emerge in the UK in the 1990s, which recognises that community based agencies have a key role to play in effective urban regeneration, as part of the solution rather than the problem.
Many commentators stress the importance of a sense ol community as a means of solving the present social and economic problems within cities (Thake, 1990). Such advocates argue it is the people within the community who can transform their own destinies and that involvement can remove feelings of isolation, frustration and despair many inner city residents feel and create a sense of community pride and community confidence.
By using community-based activity and basing development on local skills, local communities are to evercome their poverty through employment, while at the same time providing goods and services that their communities lack.
|This approach is characterised by a strategy which emphasises purposeful community action based on decentralised decision-making, small and medium sized projects. Labour intensive modes of production, appropriate technology and self-management, and the development of small-scale enteprises aimed at providing basic (or social) needs.|
A central element of the appeal of community regeneration has been its potential to combine what have always been seen as a seperate policy responses: people vs place-orientated initiatives.
Community-based initiatives, by nature, focus on the level of the local c ommunity. This is usually meant in the geographical sense of a village, an estate or an urban neighbourhood. However, local communitv also refers to communities of need, interest and experience across a broader area as with people from ethnic groups living in different parts of a city, for example.
Communitv regeneration promises to integrate welfare with economics, social justice with growth.
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| ||When communities of active citizens band together, set their own agenda and embark on a course of common endeavour, we can begin to tackle the blight that hangs over so many of our communities ... Local communities can hold the key to their own destiny through personal and community enterprise (Civic Trust, 1989)|
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| ||Local communities are no longer to be objects of impersonal market forces but are to become active shapers of their destiny. To do so they have to make use of their indigenous resources rather than relying on the decisions of private and public organisations based elsewhere. The locality, thus, becormes tho subject rather than the object of developement. The locality becomes both more of a community through collaboration between local institutions and intrests, and more enteprising through competing more effectively with the world outside. (Eisenschitrz & Gough, 1993)|
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| ||'By using community-based (organisations) and baseing development on local skills, the disadvantaged are to overcome their poverty through employment, while alt the same time providing goods and services that their communities lack' (Eisenschitz & Gough, 1993).|